The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, has revealed his ministry intends to embark on a program that will allow for a balanced media interaction with journalists across the country.
According to him, the program is part of the ministry’s agenda this year to go out and interact with journalists working in other regions and discuss issues of national interest and importance.
Mr. Hamid noted that the Information Ministry’s constant interaction with journalists in Accra seem to suggest too much concentration is given them as compared to their colleagues in other regions.
He disclosed this at a media engagement with journalists in the upper east region held at the regional coordinating council Friday.
“It is part of our agenda this year that the ministry will be going around the regions once in a while to interact and meet with journalists working in other regions as well. In the line of our duty, because Accra is the capital of Ghana often times we are constantly interacting with the media by way of press conferences, press releases and so it would seem that there is so much concentration in Accra. We think that we need to balance these interactions as much as possible”
“So we have a program where once in a while we will meet with you and also discuss with you issues of national interest and importance”
Mr. Hamid also added that government is working on supporting journalists in the country to upgrade their knowledge base that will equip them with specialized training and skills to become better arbitrators of government policies.
“We are currently in talks with so many interested international bodies and international trading organizations to once a while allow us (the government) to pick some of our journalists across the country for training so that journalists can get the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge”
“Quite frankly, I admit that many journalists in our country will not be able to afford the money with which to undertake such training and upgrading themselves. So we believe that somehow as a government and as a people who also are major players in that political space we have a contribution that your knowledge base is updated and upgraded so that we can have arbiters (journalists) who have informed themselves”.
On the US-Ghana Military agreement, Mr. Hamid said President Nana Addo did not fight for several decades for the establishment of democratic governance and several more to seek the highest office of the President just to destroy Ghana. He assured Ghanaians that the decisions government takes will be in the supreme interest of the Ghanaian people.